About a year and a half ago, the U.S. version of Elle did a Women in Hollywood issue on which Melissa McCarthy appeared on the cover heavily swaddled in a coat. She looked great, but nonetheless it sparked curiosity about why the plus-size subject was the only one of the four cover ladies laden in heavy layers. (It certainly wasn’t seasonal: Marian Cotillard was in a sports bra.)
We’ve already posted the Rebel Wilson Elle UK newsstand cover; my reaction and some of Fug Nation’s was to wonder if it was a similar crisis of confidence in regular women – specifically, whether such a tight close-up, pretty though it was, bespeaks an ongoing lack of faith in putting a larger lady in all her glory on a newsstand while not also shrouded in a coat. (Elle Australia did the same, sadly without making her look quite so lovely.) So I thought you’d be interested in seeing the subscriber cover that went out with that same issue, in addition to some inside pics.
The fact that it’s a full-body shot in a dress is refreshing — but then again, you could argue that the fact that it was seemed Subscribers Only and not sufficient for a newsstand underscores the negative impression. And it’s hardly an assertive take on her; you can barely see her face. I’m curious to hear your thoughts.
[Photos: Elle UK]